Door Lock (2018)

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Avg Rating: 3.9 / 5. Voted: 34

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AKA: Doeorak
Directed by: Lee Kwon
Starring: Gong Hyo-jin (Cho Kyung-min), Kim Ye-won (Oh Hyo-joo), Bok-rae Jo (Kim Kee-jeong), Lee Ga-sub (Han Dong-hoon), Kim Sung-oh (Detective Lee)
Country: South Korea; Effed Up Asian Cinema
Language: Korean; Effed Up Korean Films
Runtime: 01:42:01
Genres: Stalking, Home Invasion, Gruesome, Captivity, Thrillers

Plot – Spoilers:
Based on the Spanish film, Sleep Tight.

A Korean bank employee is terrorized by someone trying to repeatedly break into her home. Unlike in Sleep Tight, the lead character here is more mild-mannered and socially unfriendly, which takes away from the evil of the person out to fuck up her life. The stalker’s motives too, are different here.

Door Lock takes some basic elements from Sleep Tight and turns that into a sometimes-implausible home-invasion mystery thriller.

Recommended to be watched after the Spanish original.

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Doll Face Dōrufeisu
Doll Face Dōrufeisu
August 24, 2023 3:27 am

I find Japanese apartment blocks to be so clinical and austere, almost like institutional facilities. I’ll present my review upon completion of the film, Kanpai. MF 🤍

Doll Face Dōrufeisu
Doll Face Dōrufeisu
Reply to  Doll Face Dōrufeisu
August 24, 2023 6:47 am

It’s a completely different take from ‘Sleep Tight’ despite their similarities. In ‘Sleep Tight’, we know who the predator is. It is their point of view that we follow. With ‘Door Lock’, the predator’s identity is constantly hidden. Kyung-min starts to doubt every man she encounters. It does not help matters that at her day job, one of her customers is a persistent stalker who lives near her home.
Kwon makes the viewer experience these apprehensions, these discomposures while Hyo-jin gives us a convincing performance. However, the re-framing of the story is important and transforms the source material into an entirely different delineation.
4/5 MF 🔪

Regan MacNeil
Regan MacNeil
August 14, 2023 3:54 am

So many red herrings when it’s obvious who the stalker is going to be . . . Also the carpenter was right to confront the manipulative whore in front of everyone. Good for him.

April 10, 2023 7:40 am

How was the woman socially unfriendly ?? she didn’t suck a guy’s dick after he spoke a few words with her ?? A fucking incel wrote this description or some annoying extrovert that won’t shut up.

September 26, 2022 3:18 am

Garbage, 1/5 don’t even waste your time. The movie mistakes serial killers for stalkers, they are not the same. It’s like the writer had some good ideas but they were just 5 second farts and couldn’t hold them together in a movie. The main character has zero personality, that coupled with that annoying korean accent. I swear if you ever go to Korea, just say “konoyo, honoyo, shandayo, shuryoh”. Everything ends with “yo” and she has such a whiny voice.

Anyways, half a star is for the ok acting and other half is for the soundtrack which is not too bad. This is one of those movies where the soundtrack would be much better fit for some other better written movie. The last 25 minutes or so of the movie are SO LONG AND DRAGGING, I swear it felt like it was 3 hours or more. The plot is all over the place. The movie doesn’t know what it wants to be. It feels like it was improvised in the go. Never do that. Good movies are thought out thoroughly.

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
July 13, 2022 2:00 pm

Yeap.. good intense drama what you would expect from Korean cinema.
Nowhere as good as the Spanish sleep tight but a dam good watch .
Not least to learn what vegetable porridge is . I never knew.. embarrassed to say . .

Creepy and just about the right pace.
A nice way to spend an evening..

As ever many thanks Effedup
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Dr Chopper Harris

July 4, 2022 1:59 am

Sleep Tight is good. This one might be worth a watch too.

fred fat
fred fat
July 3, 2022 9:08 pm

im the first north korean to comment on this capitalist propaganda

Reply to  fred fat
May 29, 2023 6:20 pm